BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the formulation, development, and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2021, and provided updates on its ophthalmology pipeline.
The previous four months have been an exceptionally busy time at Ocular, said Antony Mattessich, President and Chief Executive Officer. We had a couple of positive outcomes that we believe will set the course for the future of DEXTENZA. The first was the approval of the sNDA for itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis that opens a large, new and discrete opportunity for DEXTENZA in the office setting. The second was Medicares final rule that determined that DEXTENZA will be paid separately in the hospital outpatient and ASC settings in 2022 and is eligible under the current criteria for separate payment in the ASC as a non-opioid pain management drug beyond 2022, positioning our vibrant business in the surgical setting to grow into the foreseeable future. We also continued to advance our pipeline. While we were disappointed with the outcome of our Phase 2 dry eye clinical trial with OTX-CSI, we expect to announce the Phase 2 clinical trial topline results for OTX-DED, our clinical trial in episodic dry eye disease in the first quarter of 2022. Further, our U.S.-based clinical trial of OTX-TKI in wet-AMD is enrolling well, and we expect to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial for OTX-TIC in glaucoma by the end of the year. Overall, we are pleased with our continued progress as we enter a period of significant data and news flow that will shape our leadership position within ophthalmology.
Recent Business Updates
FDA Approved Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for DEXTENZA (dexamethasone ophthalmic insert) 0.4 mg for the Treatment of Ocular Itching Associated with Allergic Conjunctivitis. The approval represents the second label expansion for DEXTENZA and makes it the first FDA-approved, physician-administered intracanalicular insert capable of delivering a preservative-free drug for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis with a single administration for up to 30 days. Allergic conjunctivitis represents the Companys first indication that will primarily be prescribed by physicians within the office setting and begins to lay the commercial foundation for additional potential pipeline product candidates to be used to treat patients in that setting.
Received Final Rules for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).
The U.S. Commercial Uptake of DEXTENZA. Net product revenue of DEXTENZA for the quarter was $11.9 million, a 120% increase over the third quarter of 2020 and a 7% sequential improvement over the second quarter of 2021. The Company believes that DEXTENZA recorded a solid third quarter performance in light of lower than anticipated elective surgery volumes due to COVID-19. While it is early in the fourth quarter, monthly growth in ASC volumes appears to be coming back on track as the Company estimates sales of in-market sales of over 9,600 billable units in October, its second-largest month ever. In-market sales of billable units were 6,924, 9,321 and 8,737 for the months of July, August and September respectively.
Announced Results from Phase 2 Clinical Trial Evaluating OTX-CSI (cyclosporine intracanalicular insert) for the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease. The Phase 2 clinical trial of OTX-CSI was designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, durability, and efficacy of two different formulations of OTX-CSI by measuring signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in 140 subjects treated in both eyes over approximately 16 weeks (a 12-week study period, with an additional 4-week safety follow-up). The Phase 2 study did not show separation between the OTX-CSI treated subjects (both formulations) and the vehicle-treated subjects (both formulations) for the primary endpoint of increased tear production at 12 weeks as measured by the Schirmers Test. All formulations of OTX-CSI were observed to have a generally favorable safety profile and were well tolerated. The Company is continuing to analyze the data, including retention data showing lower than anticipated insert retention rates in the active drug groups.
Expanded Board of Directors and Leadership Team. In September 2021, the Company added Merilee Raines to its board of directors and Karen-Leigh Edwards as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, and in October 2021, promoted Chris White to the new role of Chief Business Officer. The organizational moves add expertise in finance, experience building high-performance global enterprise-wide manufacturing operations, and a focus on building Oculars position as a leading ophthalmology company.
Presenting Data on Commercial Products and Pipeline at Major Medical Meetings: Six Abstracts Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Four Presentations at American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting 2021.
Key Program Updates
Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2021 Financial Results
Gross product revenue net of discounts, rebates, and returns, which the Company refers to as total net product revenue, was $12.2 million and represented a 107% increase over the same period in 2020 and a 4% increase over the second quarter in 2021. Net product revenue of DEXTENZA in the third quarter was $11.9 million versus $5.4 million in the comparable quarter of 2020, reflecting an approximate 120% increase. Total net product revenue for the third quarter in 2021 also includes net product revenue of $0.3 million from ReSure Sealant.
Research and development expenses for the third quarter were $12.7 million versus $7.0 million for the comparable period in 2020 driven primarily by increased headcount, increased unallocated expenses and increased clinical trial costs associated with the initiation of the US-based Phase 1 trial of OTX-TKI as well as the ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials for OTX-CSI and OTX-DED, the ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial of OTX-TKI in Australia and the ongoing clinical trial for DEXTENZA for post-surgical inflammation and pain in pediatric subjects.
Selling and marketing expenses in the quarter were $9.6 million as compared to $6.5 million for the same quarter in 2020, reflecting increased personnel costs associated with an expansion of the field force and an increase in facility-related and other costs.
General and administrative expenses were $8.1 million for the third quarter versus $6.0 million in the comparable quarter of 2020. The increase in expenses stemmed primarily from increased personnel expenses and professional fees.
The Company reported net income of $2.7 million, or income of $0.03 per share on a basic basis and a loss of $(0.23) per share on a diluted basis for the three months ended September 30, 2021. This compares to a net loss of $11.9 million, or a loss of $(0.19) per share on a basic and a loss of $(0.21) per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2020. Net income in the 2021 period was due primarily to a $23.8 million non-cash, net change in the fair value of the derivative liability associated with our convertible note, driven by a decrease in the price of our common stock during the quarter. Non-cash charges for stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization were $4.4 million in the third quarter versus $2.6 million for the same quarter in 2020.
As of November 3, 2021, the Company had 76.6 million shares outstanding.
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $179.3 million in cash and cash equivalents versus $191.9 million at June 30, 2021. Based on current plans and related estimates of anticipated cash inflows from DEXTENZA and ReSure product sales and anticipated cash outflows from operating expenses, the Company believes that existing cash and cash equivalents, as of September 30, 2021, will enable the Company to fund planned operating expenses, debt service obligations and capital expenditure requirements through 2023. This cash guidance is subject to a number of assumptions including those related to the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the revenues, expenses and reimbursement associated with DEXTENZA, and the pace of research and clinical development programs, among other aspects of the business.
Conference Call & Webcast Information
Members of the Ocular Therapeutix management team will host a live conference call and webcast today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to review the Company's financial results and provide a general business update. The live webcast can be accessed by visiting the Investors section of the Companys website at investors.ocutx.com. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. Alternatively, please call (844) 464-3934 (U.S.) or (765) 507-2620 (International) to listen to the live conference call. The conference ID number for the live call will be 3683601. An archive of the webcast will be available until February 8, 2022 on the Companys website.
About Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.
Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the formulation, development, and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye using its proprietary bioresorbable hydrogel-based formulation technology. Ocular Therapeutixs first commercial drug product, DEXTENZA, is an FDA-approved corticosteroid for the treatment of ocular inflammation and pain following ophthalmic surgery and ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. Ocular Therapeutixs earlier stage development assets currently in Phase 1 clinical trials include OTX-TKI (axitinib intravitreal implant) for the treatment of wet AMD and other retinal diseases and OTX-TIC (travoprost intracameral implant) for the reduction of intraocular pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Ocular Therapeutix is currently evaluating OTX-CSI (cyclosporine intracanalicular insert) for the chronic treatment of dry eye disease and OTX-DED (dexamethasone intracanalicular insert) for the short-term treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in Phase 2 clinical trials. Ocular Therapeutix's first product, ReSure Sealant, is an FDA-approved device to prevent wound leaks in corneal incisions following cataract surgery.
About DEXTENZADEXTENZA is FDA approved for the treatment of ocular inflammation and pain following ophthalmic surgery and ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. DEXTENZA is a corticosteroid intracanalicular insert placed in the punctum, a natural opening in the inner portion of the lower eyelid, and into the canaliculus and is designed to deliver dexamethasone to the ocular surface for up to 30 days without preservatives. DEXTENZA resorbs and exits the nasolacrimal system without the need for removal.
Please see full Prescribing and Safety Information at http://www.DEXTENZA.com.
About ReSureReSure Sealant is indicated for intraoperative management of clear corneal incisions (up to 3.5mm) with a demonstrated wound leak for which a temporary dry surface can be achieved, in order to prevent postoperative fluid egress from such incisions following cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) placement in adults.
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Forward Looking StatementsAny statements in this press release about future expectations, plans, and prospects for the Company, including the commercialization of DEXTENZA, ReSure Sealant, or any of the Companys product candidates; the commercial launch of, and the effectiveness of and amounts applicable to reimbursement codes for, DEXTENZA; the conduct of post-approval studies of and compliance with related labeling requirements for DEXTENZA and ReSure Sealant; the development and regulatory status of the Companys product candidates, such as the Companys development of and prospects for approvability of OTX-CSI for the chronic treatment of dry eye disease, OTX-DED for the short-term treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease, OTX-TIC for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, and OTX-TKI for the treatment of retinal diseases including wet AMD; the ongoing development of the Companys extended-delivery hydrogel depot technology; the size of potential markets for our product candidates; the potential utility of any of the Companys product candidates; the potential benefits and future operations of Company collaborations, including any potential future costs or payments thereunder; projected net product revenue, in-market sales and other financial and operational metrics of DEXTENZA and ReSure Sealant; potential market sizes for indications targeted by the Companys product candidates, if approved; the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company and its operations; the sufficiency of the Companys cash resources and other statements containing the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend", "goal," "may", "might," "plan," "predict," "project," "target," "potential," "will," "would," "could," "should," "continue," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause the Companys preclinical and clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the timing and costs involved in commercializing DEXTENZA, ReSure Sealant or any product candidate that receives regulatory approval, including the conduct of post-approval studies, the ability to successfully develop and commercialize products for the ophthalmology office setting, the ability to retain regulatory approval of DEXTENZA, ReSure Sealant or any product candidate that receives regulatory approval, the ability to maintain and the sufficiency of product, procedure and any other reimbursement codes for DEXTENZA, the initiation, timing, conduct and outcomes of clinical trials, availability of data from clinical trials and expectations for regulatory submissions and approvals, the Companys ability to enter into and perform its obligations under collaborations and the performance of its collaborators under such collaborations, the Companys scientific approach and general development progress, the availability or commercial potential of the Companys product candidates, the Companys ability to meet supply demands, the Companys ability to generate its projected net product revenue and in-market sales on the timeline expected, if at all, the sufficiency of cash resources, the Companys existing indebtedness, the ability of the Companys creditors to accelerate the maturity of such indebtedness upon the occurrence of certain events of default, the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic including its effect on the Companys and relevant regulatory authorities operations, any additional financing needs and other factors discussed in the Risk Factors section contained in the Companys quarterly and annual reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Companys views as of the date of this press release. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Companys views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Companys views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
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